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Advocacy, policies and practicalities of preventive chemotherapy campaigns for African children with schistosomiasis.

Stothard, Russell ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9370-3420, Sousa-Figueiredo, J.C. and Navaratnam, Annalan M D (2013) 'Advocacy, policies and practicalities of preventive chemotherapy campaigns for African children with schistosomiasis.'. Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, Vol 11, Issue 7, pp. 733-752.

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Abstract

Preventive chemotherapy campaigns against schistosomiasis have progressively scaled-up during the last decade, administering single standard dose praziquantel (40 mg/kg) treatments to millions of African children. Steps taken in securing international advocacy and national level implementation are traced to highlight an international treatment platform set for further expansion, including surveillance of schistosomiasis, school-level targeting with better on-site drug administration and annual reporting of programmatic indicators (i.e., treatment coverage), potentially in real-time. Several shortcomings in need of resolution are identified and efficacy of praziquantel is assessed by a systematic review. If WHO predictions in reduction of schistosomiasis are to be realized, careful international harmonization and tailoring of national resources are required. Maintaining an effective drug distribution system and regularly checking drug efficacy are paramount.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 765 Prevention and control
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
WS Pediatrics > WS 100 General works
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1586/14787210.2013.811931
Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 10:46
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:07
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/4540

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